I had to take my car into the garage in town for some work yesterday and whilst there decided to visit my three favourite places – each one an oasis of tranquility.
First oasis: the river where I photographed these trunks and branches. It was a bright sunny morning with blue skies and big fluffy clouds which were reflected in the water, however I liked these darker blues created by the overhanging trees.
Second oasis: a very small indie bookshop which is a delight to be in. So many captivating titles for very little cost. It has the feel of a library, with people quietly scanning the shelves – an odd squeal of delight being heard occasionally when a longed-for book is found (that’s usually me!).
Third oasis: a wonderful two-floored health food shop which has a small cafe section. There is a real peaceful and relaxing ambience in this very large place. It begins with the staff, I think, who seem to go about their work with a quiet, confident, competent attitude. I always choose one of the high bistro chairs by the window so I can quietly watch the world go by. I always feel replenished – not only by the wholesome food and excellent coffee – but by the general atmosphere of the place: wonderful!